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CSA week 5 summer

Posted 8/18/2014 9:19am by Gregg Keckler.

Dear Folks,

This is probably the height of the harvesting season - from now until the middle of September.  We have a lot of variety and also a lot of work to do!  If you find yourself with a day off and you would enjoy picking Mexican Gerkins, squash, or tomatoes for the day,  let us know and we can arrange something.  It would help us out and the fresh air and  country smells and sounds would be good for your soul!

This week's shares will include:

Bell peppers




Spaghetti squash

cherry tomatoes

Large tomatoes

hot peppers


personal shares:



Spaghetti squash

cherry tomatoes


Hot Peppers


The peaches are in the height of their season.  They are free-stone and very good. You can can them or just slice and eat.  We are now selling second peaches on the store by the half bushel if you are interested.

Spaghetti squash is a sign that fall is only one month away.  Spaghetti squash is technically a  winter squash, but  not exactly.  Here is how I cook it.

Boil the whole thing in water on the stove top.  When you can put a fork through the outer shell, it is done.  Take it out of the water and cut in half.  Scoop out the seeds, drain and fluff the "spaghetti" strands with a fork.  Add salt and butter to taste.  Some folks like to eat it with tomato sauce.  We just eat it as is. 

The heirloom tomatoes are fading for now.  We may have a few varieties later in September, but enjoy them now.  We have lots of red tomatoes and tons of cherry tomatoes.  We are selling second tomatoes on the store.  Now is the time to make sauce, ketchup, paste, tomato juice, or canning whole tomatoes.

We have several varieties of plums.  You can check out the different kinds on the store to see what kind you got.

  The hot peppers are either habanero and red hot cherries.  Both are great hot peppers. Enjoy!


I am constantly updating the store with new varieties and elimating items going out of season.  We now have Zestar apples, William's Pride, Summer Rambo, and still a few Pink Lady.

I made a great salad with yellow squash, Mexican Gerkins, sweet onion - then I made a dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, basil, vinegar and salt and pepper.  It was delicious!

You can order from the store at anytime and pay immediately with a credit card or you can click invoice and wait until the end of the session to send a check.  I am working on a way that you will be able to pay your balance at the end of the session using your credit card.  Hopefully I will have this up and running before this session ends.  If you choose to pay by check or at the stands with cash you can avoid the .50 transaction fee.  Check it out!

Heads UP!  I will be sending a more philosophic email later this week with updates on what's happening.

If you owe money for extras from the spring session or if you still have not paid for the summer session (which  is now over half over)  Please pay NOW!  I sent emails out last week regarding this to all folks who still owe money.  So if you did not get an email from me last week about money then you are in good standing.


Thanks to all who returned their boxes last week and also thanks to all who looked sheepish about not returning your boxes last week.  We are coming up short every week (especially on Wednesdays and Fridays).  PLEASE make a point of getting those boxes back to us - even if you have been stocking up for a couple of weeks.  We will turn a blind eye and not ask any questions if you show up with a half dozen boxes this week!

Thanks for being part of our farm!  We depend on you to stay alive!  This is not an exaggeration!  Without your satisfaction, we would go out of farming.  Let us know if there is anything that we can help you with.


Enjoy the summer!  I was watching these little crickets in the grass yesterday.  They are only about quarter to half inch long, hopping all over the grass.  They are cute, but they are also in a hurry - reminding me of the urgency of the summer!

Gregg, Louise, Virginia, and Oliver Keckler

 Orchard Country Produce and Fruit Farm., Inc